PREVIEW: Harrogate Town (H)

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Following defeat to Colchester United on the road, the O’s return to the Breyer Group Stadium to take on a newly promoted Harrogate Town.

 In our most recent outing, the O’s fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Colchester United. With that loss now in the rear-view mirror, Ross Embleton’s men look ahead to Saturday as an opportunity of redemption.


 Harrogate Town, who are making their debut season in League Two, have had a reasonable start to the 2020/21 campaign, as they sit a point ahead of the O’s and in 12th place.

The Sulpurites can largely accredit their respectable league position to two individuals, who are George Thomson and go-to striker Jack Muldoon.

Thomson has been one of the key figures in Simon Weavers’ side this season, as he’s played 1,068 minutes across 12 games this season. Furthermore, Thomson appears to be the creative spark for Harrogate, as he’s recorded 3.3 key passes per game, according to WhoScored statistics.

As for Muldoon, the 31-year-old forward hasn’t struggled in making the leap from the National League to League Two, as he’s converted seven goals in ten appearances.

In regard to their previous results, it’s been a mixed bag for Harrogate. Although Weavers’ side managed to record a dominant 4-1 victory over Skelmersdale United at the start of the month, Saturday’s opponent hasn’t picked up a victory since their away trip to Grimsby Town in mid-October.

Harrogate needed to rely on Muldoon in their most recent fixture, as his 85th-minute equaliser helped rescue a point for the Sulphurites against Crawley Town. Simon Weaver, Harrogate’s manager, wasn’t in attendance for this game as he recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Therefore, his assistant Paul Thirlwell occupied Crawley’s away dugout and will be doing the same at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday.

Looking ahead to Harrogate’s clash with the O’s, Thirlwell said this

“They (Leyton Orient) will defiantly be a threat,” Thirwell told club media. “They’ve got some really good players; they haven’t had the results they would of liked as of late but they’ve been in every game.

“I’ve watched a fair bit of them, and the gaffer has watched a fair bit of them. They’ve got some really good attacking players and they can score goals.”


In charge of Saturday’s proceedings will be Neil Hair, who will also be accompanied by Sam Ogles, Oliver Jackson and Adrian Tranter, with the latter being his fourth official.

The last time Hair took charge of a Leyton Orient fixture was three years ago, where the O’s drew 2-2 on the road against Wrexham during the club’s stint in the National League.

The O’s came from behind twice to rescue a draw, as Macauley Bonne converted a stunning effort as well as Mark Ellis recording an 85th-minute equaliser.


Head Coach Ross Embleton spoke to the local press ahead of Saturday’s game. Watch the highlights of the presser, here.


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Upcoming Fixture:
21st November 2020
English Football League - League Two
English Football League - League Two
Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient
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Harrogate Town
Harrogate Town